Aamla or Indian Gooseberry is found
extensively in India. Ayurveda mention that special properties of rejuvenation
and revitalizing of the entire body systems lie in amla. It contains vitamin C,
calcium, and iron. Therefore, it can reduce body heat, digestive disorders, and
do away with fatigue. Fresh juice of amla is given for diabetes and urinary
incontinence. It can also prevent immature graying of hair.
Amla benefits our body
through natural healing properties. Amla or Indian
Gooseberry(Latin name: Emblica
officinalis) is found extensively in India in the form of two
varieties. One is hard, small in size and found in forests; while the other
type is softer, bigger in size, more fleshy and is cultivated. Ancient Ayurveda
text mentions that special properties of rejuvenation and revitalizing of the
entire body systems lie in the fruit of Amla.
Amla is sour in
taste, cold and heavy in nature and has a sweet after taste. Chemically, the
fruit of Amla is full of citric acid. Therefore, it
is said to contain the best and the largest amount of vitamin C extracted from
nature. Other than this, it contains a good amount of calcium and minerals like
iron and phosphorous in nominal amounts. Some other important ingredients are
albumin, cellulose, fiber, carbohydrate, sugar and water.
that the fruit of Amla helps to reduce all the three doshas or
the body humors viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha; which when aggravated above
their normal limits cause a disease. This is because of the varied properties
it holds. Amla is sour in taste and therefore helps in
decreasing Vata dosha or the air body humor. Due to it being cold in
nature, calming and soothing in action and having a sweet after taste, it
decreases the fire or the Pitta Dosha. And the rough nature of Amla is
helpful in reducing kapha or phlegm inside the body.
The fruit of Amla is
found to be mainly useful in decreasing the heat as per its natural properties.
Therefore, its most extensive use has been seen in the treatment of the
diseases associated with increased body heat. For example; it proves quite
useful in ailments like burning sensation in eyes and in soles of the feet,
increased thirst; or when there is immature graying of the hair due to
excessive heat inside the body.
Usages of Amla
·During the summers, the most often
symptoms due to the elevated external heat can be relieved. Burning sensation
of the skin and any headaches associated with a heat stroke can be relieved by
the applying a paste made of Amla in milk.
·The juice extracted from the fresh
fruit is put in the eyes for curing the burning and inflammation; and for the
longevity of eyesight.
·For the digestion disorders like
acidity, loss of hunger and hemorrhoids; the use of Amlain the form of
medicines as well as diet is quite beneficial.
·Fresh juice of Amla is given
on an empty stomach in disorders like Diabetes and urinary incontinence.
·Some preparations like Amla
Murraba (sweet jelly) can be taken for long periods as a tonic to do away
mental and physical fatigue.
·The powder of dried Amla taken
with honey twice in a day is a good cure for cough.
·For immature graying and falling of the
hair, try washing the hair alternately with the powder.
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